Shalini Nair


Protests force early closure of Lok Sabha
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Opposition members, mainly Congress, rushed into the well demanding that the Prime Minister respond to the agrarian distress on the floor of the House.

Panel approves much of OBC commission bill
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The bill, passed by Lok Sabha earlier, will insert clause 338B for establishing such a constitutional body following Articles 338 (National Commissions for SCs) and 338A (National Commission for STs)

Move to amend calculation of compensation for immovable assets
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The proposed amendment has been mooted at the behest of the Ministry of Defence following an acquisition case involving 296 acres of Maharaja Hari Singh Charitable Trust (MMHCT) land in Jodhpur that housed sensitive military establishments.

Govt moves closer to granting NCBC constitutional status, Oppn objects
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, BJD, NCP and the BSP had sought modifications in the Bill and Yadav had assured the members some of their amendments would be included as suggestions in a separate sheet.

Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act: Serious disorder if deadline is missed, M Venkaiah Naidu ask states
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

In his letter, Naidu has noted that only Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have so far established a Regulatory Authority as required under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), while none of the states have established an Appellate Authority.

Adoption process: Financially able, 40-plus single women top on list
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The move is a radical shift from the Centre’s stand on the issue of surrogacy, which limits the option to only infertile married couples while entirely disallowing single men and women.

‘Quota for upper caste poor would stop attacks on Dalits’
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

On attacks that are linked to alleged consumption of beef, the minister said “those consuming buffalo meat or those removing carcasses of dead cows” should not be attacked. “They (attackers) were not “gau rakshaks, but nar bhakshaks (man-eaters)”.

MGNREGA wages less than minimum farm wages in 15 states: Panel
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

As per data being examined by the committee, the minimum wages paid to agricultural workers are significantly higher than MGNREGA wages in Karnataka, Punjab, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Mizoram, and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.

Memorials in official residences: What rules say, how govts have found ways around them
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

To ward off the many requests to allow Lutyens’s Zone government bungalows once occupied by senior leaders to be turned into memorials after their death, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had, in 2000, ordered a ban on such conversions.

The Too Smart City
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The issue is not only the parachuting of consulting firms and vendors for local IT and infrastructure solutions, but that such private partnerships would necessitate a return on investments unconstrained by concerns of social equity or justice. The abolition of octroi, the once largest source of municipal revenue for many cities, has had a debilitating impact on the fiscal sovereignty of urban local bodies.

Last list of Smart Cities to be unveiled, Mumbai not on it
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Mumbai, whose Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is India’s richest urban local body with a budget of Rs 25,000 crore, has decided not to be part of the NDA government’s flagship mission. The reason being that Shiv Sena-led BMC has reservations about the mission guidelines.

To ease adoption, WCD ministry suggests separate HC benches
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The ministry is currently holding consultations with Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Lokur in order to study the possibility of having high court benches solely for handling adoption cases.

Mapping expenditure: 80% Smart City funds for just 2.7% of city area
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Already developed pockets in selected cities will be first to benefit.

Smart City project: We start small so that it can be replicated, says govt
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba said that since infrastructure is capital intensive, it has been allowed only under area-based development and not for the entire city.

Government plans to triple amount to be paid to parents, senior citizens
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The Centre will move amendments to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, to increase the amount awarded to senior citizens (above the age of 60) and parents (irrespective of their age) of children who are not minors

Rural India to get public transport with women behind steering wheel
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, said the scheme will first be implemented across 250 blocks, including areas affected by Left wing extremism

Female genital mutilation: Maneka Gandhi to write to Bohra head to stop practice
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

While the NDA government has been vocal about its stance on outlawing triple talaq, sources said it is expected to tread more cautiously on female genital mutilation.

Misunderstood, can buy cattle for slaughter from farms: Gauri Maulekhi
Wed, May 31, 2017

The origin of the Centre’s new rules on cattle sale lies in a 2014 petition by Gauri Maulekhi, an advisor to minister Maneka Gandhi

Draft National Urban Rental Housing Policy 2017: Not-so-strong foundation for rental housing
Sat, May 20, 2017

The Centre’s role as a ‘facilitator’ or ‘enabler’ that will merely extend fiscal and non-fiscal concessions for rental housing created by the state, provision for no central funding are some of the limitations of the draft policy

Ramdas Athawale wants extra police in districts where Dalits targeted
Thu, May 18, 2017

Athawale added that he will personally write to all state governments that they should appoint an additional police force in all districts that see high incidence of atrocities against Dalits.

Rules changed, govt can now vacate bungalows in three days
Thu, May 18, 2017

60% housing demand met; eviction takes minimum 2-3 months, sometimes years.

National Policy For Women: Ministries to look at policies through pink lens, says Maneka Gandhi
Fri, May 12, 2017

The National Policy for Women, 2017, after it is fine tuned by the GoM next week, would be sent to the Cabinet for approval.

Government plan for slums on municipal land: Pay rent, avoid eviction
Fri, May 12, 2017

Proposal set to be sent to Cabinet for approval.

Swachh survey: Bulk of scores from urban bodies rating themselves
Fri, May 05, 2017

The survey was conducted by Quality Council of India, with 421 assessors on the field and a central team of 55 others, over a period of two months beginning January

Allot one-third of vacant posts in police to women: Maneka Gandhi to Rajnath Singh
Thu, May 04, 2017

Maneka’s letter comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court directing states to fill up 5 lakh vacancies in the police force

Ten Years of MGNREGA: UPA flagship chugs along with implementation reforms under Modi govt
Thu, May 04, 2017

Underfunding leading to undermining of its demand-driven character, allege activists

RERA: What it is; how it’ll affect builders, buyers, agents
Tue, May 02, 2017

Almost a decade after the idea was first mooted, the real estate regulatory Act came into force on Monday. The law is still not watertight, and faces resistance from powerful lobby groups. But it does give buyers certain guarantees and a grievance redressal mechanism.

Second phase of reforms under AMRUT: Land title guarantee, ULB rating in focus
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Steps proposed by the Centre include ensuring dispute-free property transactions, getting rid of bureaucratic red tape, asking cities to release credit rating status of their municipal entities and bringing professional staff in urban local bodies.

NREGA workers get lowest wage hike ever, Re 1 in some states
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

In some states like Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the increase in daily wages under MGNREGA from April 1 is just Re 1.

Uniform Civil Code: Law panel looks to SC before dealing with issue
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The issue of Uniform Civil Code, which has always been part of the BJP's election manifesto, has re-entered the political discourse with renewed vigour after the UP elections.

BJP’s OBC pitch: How stronger new backward classes panel will function
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

What is the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017?

Bill to enable data collection in J-K passed in Lok Sabha
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) said, “My charge against this government is that you are creating trouble in J&K through this bill... You are violating article 370.”

Amended maternity law goes a long way, but has a long way to go still
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

The new law allows maternity leave up to 12 weeks for women who adopt a child below the age of 3 months, and for commissioning mothers (in cases of surrogacy)

Battles Lost and Won
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

In post-Taliban Kabul, a new generation of educated women is making itself heard

Alternative Route: Non-motorised transport, BRTS in the scheme of green mobility
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

The scheme marks a conscious policy shift away from allowing proliferation of private cars to promoting use of greener modes of public transport.

Budget Session 2017: Lok Sabha passes Maternity Bill
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Women in organised sector allowed 26-week maternity leave for two kids.